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Hunting birds
« on: June 22, 2013, 08:30:16 AM »
Hunting birds or shooting birds is a combination of the skills required for possums and rabbits but with differences. Birds have a similar wide field of view to rabbit but they are often found in trees. They do not have the binocular vision of possums but they are alert and scan their surroundings constantly.They are more numerous in suburbia than possums and can be a tempting target. Remember your neighbours as they may be bird lovers, even bird feeders and could make your shooting a costly mistake.
Most birds are small targets and the large ones like magpies and crows are tough in their wing feathers. On top of that they become very wary very quickly and are difficult to shoot. It takes a marksman of exceptional ability to take them at long range. With a PCP it can be done but not by everyone.

For pest birds such as mynahs and starling and even magpies it is best to bait them into range and use a hide for concealment.


The Common Myna is a hollow-nesting species; that is, it nests and breeds in protected hollows found either naturally in trees or artificially on buildings. Compared to native hollow-nesting species, the common Mynah is extremely aggressive, and breeding males will actively defend areas ranging up to 0.83 hectares in size (though males in densely populated urban settings tend to only defend the area immediately surrounding their nests).
This aggressiveness has enabled the Mynah to displace many breeding pairs of native hollow-nesters, thereby reducing their reproductive success. An offshore example in particular, the reproduction rates of native hollow-nesting parrots in the bush land of eastern Australia have been reduced by up to 80% by the Common Myna (which was even able to out-compete another aggressive introduced species in the area, the European Starling).
The Common Myna is also known to maintain up to two roosts simultaneously; a temporary summer roost close to a breeding site (where the entire local male community sleeps during the summer, the period of highest aggression), and a permanent all-year roost where the female broods and incubates overnight. Both male and female Common Mynas will fiercely protect both roosts at all times, leading to further exclusion of native birds.

Threat to crops and pasture

The yellow peri-orbital skin of the Common Myna gives it a Sanskrit name peetanetra.
The Common Myna (which feeds mostly on ground-dwelling insects, tropical fruits such as grapes, plums and some berries and, in urban areas, discarded human food) poses a serious threat to berry crops, though its main threat is to native bird species.
In Hawaii, where the Common Myna was introduced to control pest army worms and cutworms in sugar cane crops, the bird has helped to spread the robust Lantana camara weed across the islandsí open grasslands. It also has been recorded as the fourth-ranking avian pest in the fruit industry by a 2004 survey of the Hawaiian Farm Bureau and the sixth in number of complaints of avian pests overall.

So... lets shoot em up before they do any more damage to our countries ecosystem too.

Some birds are seasonally protected and some have protection all year round. A list appears in the chapter on the law so don't forget to read it. 

The diagram shows the best spot to hit a bird for a clean kill. It is more important in larger birds because the shock of a pellet hit on a small bird usually does the job.
« Last Edit: October 31, 2013, 09:59:22 PM by Novagun »